A House That Plays With Pattern

HGTV Magazine shows how small doses of graphic prints make a big impact in every room of this Nashville house.
By: A.J. Hanley

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Be Bold With Design

Homeowners often say they want to use fun patterns around the house, but become printphobic when it’s time to buy. When Ceri Hoover decorated the four-bedroom home in Nashville she shares with her husband, Craige, an urban development consultant, and their son, Luke, 5, she made a point of putting some pattern zing in every room.

Dining Room

“I understand why people might be afraid to use prints, but if you keep the rest of the house understated, even the boldest graphics won’t look dated,” says Ceri, who designs a collection of handbags (cerihoover.com). “My bags are simple, but they have a little edginess, which is how I like to decorate." Floor-to-ceiling zigzag drapes were Ceri’s first design decision in the dining room. ”I wanted that wow factor when you walk in,” she says

Living Room

Proof that prints can stand the test of time: the zigzag armchair, which Ceri bought at a flea market five years ago and had reupholstered in the same fabric she used for the dining room drapes. It stands out in the cozy room, but it also plays well with subtler patterns, like the striped sofa and herringbone seagrass rug. “I love mixing classic pieces with bold patterns,” says Ceri. “It’s striking and totally timeless.”


“I love to cook and for everyone to be around while I do it,” says Ceri of her light-filled kitchen, which opens up to the dining room. For patterned “slipcovers,” a piece of fabric was draped over each of the barstools, tucked into the crease of the seat, and stapled to the underside.


Ceri went with a neutral palette, including butcher-block and Carrara marble countertops and wood cabinets painted greenish-gray (Rolling Pebble by Behr).


Ceri wanted this space to be completely functional but still stylish enough to inspire her as she worked. A piece of raw butcher block sits on top of black filing cabinets from Target and extends from one side of the room to the other. For her graphic touches, she picked a patterned runner and had a café curtain made with Zimba fabric from Schumacher.

Luke's Room

“He’s a colorful kid, so I wanted him to have a colorful space,” says Ceri. The drapes are the same fabric Ceri used in the dining room, but in bright orange instead of dark brown. Striped Flor carpet tiles arranged in opposing directions serve as a fun area rug. The antique cannonball bed has been passed down.

Master Bedroom

A custom tufted linen headboard is the centerpiece of Ceri and Craige’s bedroom. It’s teamed with a simple Pottery Barn rug and a Lucite bench Ceri found on eBay. Some standout bedding includes a striped Anthropologie blanket and patterned pillows made from fabric remnants. “I wanted our bedroom to be soothing but in no way boring,” says Ceri.


Printed grass cloth wallpaper and brownish-black painted wainscoting (Black Fox by Sherwin-Williams) are a sophisticated duo in the bath. “It’s a bold pattern in a small room,” says Ceri. “But it works because the colors are muted.”

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